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Prague Gardens and Parks

Gardens of Prague

Prague also features a variety of parks and gardens.

 

Prague’s historical gardens and parks are definitely one of the city´s treasures to boast about. There are almost two hundred of them and they began being cultivated as far back as the middle-ages.

Charles University Botanical Garden

The Botanic garden in Prague was founded in 1775. It covers an area of 3.5 hectars. The owner of the garden is The Science Faculty. More than 20 gardeners and curators take care of the garden. You can find tropical and subtropical expositions there, or an exposition of cactuses, and others. Very often, exhibitons of exotic birds are held there.  

Getting there: by tram n. 18, 24, tram stop Botanicka Zahrada.

Address: Na Slupi 16, Prague 2 Open: daily from 10 am – 4 pm  Admission: 55 CZK per adult, 25 CZK per child or student

Franciscan Garden

The charming Franciscan Garden (Františkánská zahrada) is an historical courtyard garden, that you can find between Wenceslas and Jungman Square. In close proximity there is The Church of Our Lady of the Snow. The Franciscan garden is a nice baroque garden in the French style. In the middle of the garden, there is a square Pavilion with a herbal garden.  

Getting there: The garden has several entrances: directly from Jungmannovo náměstí, through Pasáž Světozor from Vodičkova Street, or through a passage from Wenceslas Square (near Vodičkova).

Address: Jungmannovo náměstí / Vodičkova, Prague 1 Open: 15th April - 14th September daily 7 - 22, 15th September - 14th April daily 8 - 19  Admission: no admission fee

Letná Gardens & Terrace Recommended

You can see much of the centre of Prague during one walk. You can go from the Letna Gardens to the Royal Gardens, and to Prague Castle and then continue to the Petrin Gardens. Letná is an important meeting, entertainment and resting place, offering wonderul and romantic views of the Jewish Town and Lesser Town. There are various interesting buildings, such as the Kramar Villa, the Hanau Pavilion or the metronome, which is so big, that you can see it from the Old Town Square.  

Getting there:  to get to the top of Letná (to the metronome), cross the Čechův most bridge, cross the street, and climb the stairs that you will see right in front of you.

Address: Nábřeží Edvarda Beneše, Prague 7 Open: daily Admission: no admission fee

Palffy Gardens

Two Palffy Gardens at the bottom of Prague Castle belong to the complex of palace gardens by the former noble residences. They were built in the 18th century in Baroque style,and have several terraces and staircases. The garden neighbors with Lendenburg and Kolovrat Garden and it´s a part of the Palffy Palace. See if you can find the Statue of Woman in repose.

Getting there: The gardens are connected and they are accessible from both Wallenstein street and the Prague Castle garden called 'Na Valech'.

Address: Valdstejnská 14, Prague 1 Open: daily in summer time Admission: no admission fee

Petrin Hill Recommended

The Petřín hill (formerly one of king Charles' vineyards) offers beautiful views of Prague and several attractions for adults and children alike. You can find here a TV tower, which is a miniature of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Besides beautiful views of the historical part of Prague you can also find here a fun experience for both adults and children - Mirror Maze. This park is considered as a park for people in love. You can enjoy your relax time either on the lawn, or in the restaurant Nebozízek.                   

Getting there: To get to the top of the hill, you can either walk to get some exercise or take the funicular. The funicular that goes to the top of Petřín starts on Újezd street (you can get there by tram 12 or 22 and get off at Újezd). The funicular operates daily from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (April - October) or 9 a.m. to 10:20 p.m. (November - March) and runs every 10 to 15 minutes. You will need a public transportation ticket, which you can buy right there if needed.

Address: Ujezd, Lesser Town, Prague 1 Open: daily in summer time Admission: no admission fee

Průhonice Park and Castle Recommended

Pruhonice Castle is one of the most important castles in the Czech Republic. In 2010 the castle and park was declared a National Cultural Heritage. The eldest cultural Heritage here is, undoubtly,  the Romanesque church of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The small river, Botic, which flows through the park, evokes a sense of peace and tranquillity. At Průhonice Park, you can learn, from interactive audio panels, something about the history of the park, about its founder, the vegetation, and about individual trees. PragueZones recommend: Do not miss the rock garden here. The Earl Arnošt Emanuel Silva Tarouca personally formed this rock garden in his old age.

Getting There: The simplest way is by taxi. The price from the city centre to Průhonice should be around 400 CZK (16€).  Request a call taxi at your hotel reception. TAXI SPEED – tel.: +420 224 234 234, local people use this taxi company.

Address: Zámek 1, Průhonice Open: daily in summer time Admission: 50 CZK per adult, 30 CZK per child or student

Rieger Park

Park Rieger is set in Prague´s Vinohrady, between Chopinova and Italská street. It is a city park with more than  11 hectars.  Pakr Rieger was named by the politician F.L. Rieger. Because of the location of the park it is not visited by many tourists. We can find here both young and old residents of Prague, dog owners and mothers with children. Here you can visit the lookout  tower, which is called „MLÍKÁRNA“. Mlíkárna now operates as a beer garden and offers wonderful views of Prague Castle and Lesser Town.

Getting There: This park is located 10 minutes walk from the upper part of the Wenceslas Square. You can also take tram no. 11, get off at Vinohradská tržnice and turn into Třebízského from Vinohradská street.

Address: Vinohrady, Prague 2 Open: daily Admission: no admission fee

Vyšehrad Park

Vysehrad is an old fortress on a hill above the river Vltava in Prague. There is a Gothic Church of St. Peter and Paul, a cemetery and several other historical monuments. The gardens, that surround it, were mostly founded in the 19th century. There is the Karlach Garden and the Stulc Garden, two private gardens of the New Provosty and of the New Deanery and the Park under the Ramparts. The Vysehrad Gardens are a quiet and pleasant place for spending free time. You can find a beer garden there with a stunning Balkan Grill.

Getting there: by metro, red line, direction Háje, stop : Vyšehrad

Address: V Pevnosti 9, Prague 2 Open: daily Admission: no admission fee

Wallenstein Garden Recommended

The early Baroque garden by the Wallenstein Palace (seat of Czech Senat) was built in the Italian style in 1620. Why visit this garden? You´ll find interesting sculptures here, absolute simmetry in the garden architecture, creating an oasis of peace and beauty. The park is open from April to October 10AM – 6PM.
During public holidays the gardens are specially illuminated. 

Getting there: the entrance is from Valdštejnské náměstí (Valdštejnské Square) which is half way between Malostranské Square (Malotranské náměstí) and Malostranská metro station by the Manes Bridge.

Address: Letenska 7, Prague 1 Open: daily 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. Admission: no admission fee